To the Editor:
Responsible leadership in our elected officials is not something that can be taken for granted in our modern hyperpolitical world. However, the Town of Shaftsbury has been fortunate to have had just such a leader, whose reputation not only has preceded her, but continues to be recognized even in retirement. We are speaking, of course, of Shaftsbury State Representative (ret,) Alice Miller who will be recognized next month in Montpelier for her exceptional service on behalf of higher education and the advancement of educational opportunity.
The award is presented each year by the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), which selects its choice of organizations, institutions or individuals deserving of recognition for their innovative work in each New England state. This year's 2020 NEBHE recipient of the "Vermont Excellence Award" will be presented to Alice Miller at the Vermont State House on March 19. And in so doing, Rep. Miller will join the ranks of former awardees, such as Sen. Patrick J. Leahy; Sen. Bernie Sanders; the Hon. James Douglas, former governor of Vermont; and James Jefffords, former US senator from Vermont. This accolade is not only a well deserved honor for Rep. Miller, but it brings great pride to the town she so ably represented throughout her 22 years of public service.
We wish to congratulate Alice Miller for such recognition and are grateful for the leadership role model she has been for the entire state.
The writer is chairman of the civic organization We the People of Shaftsbury.